Brett Favre Talks to Leno about Hannah Montana, Hunting in Central Park, Enjoying Offseason

I'm was getting ready to watch Brett Favre talk to Jay Leno, televised on NBC's Tonight Show and I couldn't help but wonder how this video could possibly be full of more things that are immensely popular, yet every reasonable person seems to hate. That's when the camera panned out and showed Matthew McConaughey already seated on the couch. Yep, that'd do it.
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↵You know the news by now, as seen at the end of this clip, that Favre told Leno, "It's only been a month and I know now that I'm just not going to say anything anytime soon. I'm just going to sit back and relax and enjoy the offseason." ↵

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↵Frankly, it's a fine answer to the question, and it was only asked so Leno could do a cheesy retirement gag, full of confetti and a gold watch, followed up by an even cheesier "he's coming back" gag that included more confetti and a "Vikings playbook." ↵

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↵It's not Favre's fault that his comment of "no news here" makes news. That said, if he really was in Los Angeles to see Hannah Montana with his wife and kids, his mother-in-law and his priest – who actually got some face time so Leno could turn it into yet another lame joke about Favre staying out of the tabloids because he travels with his own priest – Favre didn't have to stumble onto Leno's set unless he wanted everyone to know that he's yet to make up his football mind. ↵

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↵ Speaking of football minds, after Leno asked a softball question about playing in a lot of games, Favre talked about staying in the lineup with injuries, including a broken thumb where he claimed he played the best nine-game stretch of his career. It was actually McConaughey who followed up with the insightful sports question, trying to get into Favre's head by asking if he has to block out the pain, or use it to focus his energy and play within himself. Favre replied by giving some thoughts on that untimely interception against the Saints. ↵

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↵⇥"It seems I've always played better with an injury. I don't know if it's blocking it out as much as it is maybe refocusing or channeling all that energy into…what you have remaining, the rest of your faculties. Knowing your limitations. At the end of the Saints game, both legs were killing me, but I wish I would have ran. I don't know if I could have." ↵
↵We've discussed before that Leno is quite possibly the worst interviewer on television – clearly the worst in late night – so it stands to reason that the two posts we've done this week have both given credit to his other guests for asking the best questions. But he's not only bad for that reason. It's stuff like, say, asking Lindsey Vonn if her husband is also the coach of the bedroom, or making jokes about Central Park snipers that even his audience seems appalled by, that makes people wonder why the guy still has ratings…or a job. ↵

↵Leno asked Favre if he had fun while playing New York, and Favre suggested that he's not exactly a city guy – didn't spend a lot of time in Times Square – before Leno made the joke, "you can't go hunting in Central Park." Favre joked back, "I guess you could" which is actually a funny and light-hearted reply to Leno's comment. Then Jay, in his trademark laughing-while-talking way, said, "In fact, some people do." Yes, Jay, nothing brings on uncontrollable laughter like intimating that Central Park is full of sociopaths and snipers. ↵

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↵That notwithstanding, Favre came off as a relatively likeable guy – flanked by those two it'd be hard not to – who knows that everyone is sick of him holding the NFL offseason hostage. He just doesn't seem to care. And frankly, while we don't like it, if the Vikings let him do it again, it seems he's earned that right. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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